An admirer of craft work by early American homemakers, Joan keeps the rug hooking tradition vital with her interpretations of places and things observed during her years living in Grand Marais, MN and in Stockholm, Sweden. While her predecessors made use of a variety of sacking, clothing that was beyond repair and other fabrics at hand, Joan’s designs are constructed chiefly from wool, both repurposed and new, as-is or dyed by the artist at her home studio in St. Paul. She has a particular affinity for plaids, stating “I use them to create texture, excitement and even mystery when pulled loop after loop through the linen backing.”
The artist has studied at the Marion Ham Studio in Limerick, ME; the Vesterheim Museum Rug Hooking School at Luther College in Decorah, IA; and the Arrowhead Hookcrafters Rug School in Duluth, MN. She earned an Accredited Teacher’s Certificate from Southern McGown Rug School at Ripley, WV, in 1996. Joan has exhibited her work at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI; the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis campus; The Grand Marais Art Colony and the Textile Center in Minneapolis among other venues. Her rugs warm the homes of numerous private collectors throughout the country.